Sunday, April 24, 2011

Parasomnia and sleep apnea

It used to be that the only term that you heard with regards to not getting enough sleep was insomnia, where your sleep is interrupted anywhere from a couple of days to months. In the past twenty years the big sleep disorder has been sleep apnea where there is a blockage in the back of the throat that causes you to stop breathing at night. Because of the dire consequences of sleep apnea it is always best to seek treatment for that. A few posts ago I discussed something called dyssomnias, which covers sleep disorders that where it is difficult to get to sleep and difficult to remain sleeping. Another related term, is Parasomnia.

According to Webmd dot com “Parasomnias are disruptive sleep-related disorders that can occur during arousals from REM sleep or partial arousals from Non-REM sleep” Sleep disorders that fall into this category are nightmares, night terrors and sleep walking. It is also reported that children have a greater risk of Parasomnias than adults.

If you have sleep apnea you may have a greater risk of Parasomnia than most folks. An article in states that sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea, can be a reason why some folks develop Parasomnias. If the sleep apnea is controlled by a CPAP machine then the Parasomnia might also be controlled.

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